Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

Email me: theseagarden@btinternet.com

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

 Tomorrow morning I shall be setting off on my journey up to West Sussex for the big Summer Country Brocante at Cowdray Park on Saturday. Having been to their Winter Fair last November I know that I'm in for a treat with so many beautiful things for sale. (Even though I'm selling my work it's also very nice to do a bit of buying too!)
 Some of my latest makes. It has been in my heart to make these for many months now, and to finally stitch them has been very satisfying. The flowers are Victorian corsages and I've used an old quilt as a backing, with some beautiful old lace.


 New collage cards made with old envelopes, bits of quilt, lace, stamps, buttons.....


 Hope to see some of you at the fair on Saturday!
 Doors open at 9am for the early birds. See side bar for more details.

Monday, 30 May 2016

A real curiosity!


 I love trawling around Antique Fairs looking for 'treasure', and every so often you come across something TRULY unique. I recently found on a table surrounded by stamp albums and postcards a rather ordinary old shoe box with what at first I thought was a game of battleships. As I delved deeper into the box I discovered that there were literally hundreds of these little paper ships, all hand-drawn, then hand-painted, and meticulously cut out to form 3-dimensional models. I wouldn't be surprised if they were all drawn to scale as well, such is the detail.
Whoever created these models, and I think we can assume it was a man, was obviously a pretty good artist ( a few of the ships have been painted on previously used paper, as above) and he was passionate about the naval fleets of the world. On the back of each drawing is not only the name and country of origin of the ship, but other interesting details such as how many guns, the size, when and where it was built, if it was destroyed in warfare etc.
 The mind almost boggles at just how long this collection must have taken to produce.
There are a few galleon type ships but the vast majority are naval gun boats, not just of the British naval fleet of the last century, but also the naval fleets of Russia, Germany, Sweden, USA, Japan, Spain, France.........!!! 
 'USS New Jersey'. Battleship (2nd line). 14,948 tons. Four 12", eight 8", twelve 6", thirty-six small guns. Speed: 19 knots. Completed 1906.

'Jean Bart'. French battleship. 22,189 tons. Twelve 12", twenty-two 5.5" guns. Four 3" AA guns. Speed: 22 knots. Completed 1913. Served in French Mediterranean fleet 1914-18, and twice torpedoed. Reconstructed and appearance altered, 1928-9.

 
'Ausonia'. Cunard White Star Line. 14,000 tons. 15 knots. Built 1925. 
(Just to give you an idea of scale; the above ship measures 13 cms)

  I mulled over in my mind quite what I was going to do with this collection, and how to best present it for sale. And what I came up with was a background of printed sea chart into which I have cut appropriate length slots. Each ship can then be displayed in an upright position by easing it into the slot, but can still be removed to read the information written on the reverse. This way I have not used any glue and preserved them just as they are.
I am presenting them in groups of 5 from whichever national fleet they come from. Here are three British ones. They are on sale in the shop now and I shall also be bringing them to my next fair on the 18th June at Cowdray Park, West Sussex (see side bar). 
I hope you have all passed a pleasant bank Holiday and the sun shone for you! xxx

Thursday, 26 May 2016

May Days

A huge thank you to everyone who bought from me at the recent Decorative Living Fair up in Kent; it was a most enjoyable fair! Perhaps I shall meet some of you again if you come down to Cornwall for your summer holidays.....

 It's time I took you on a tour of the shop again.....
 Spring flowers and sunshine!



 New porcelain vessels by Rebecca Harvey, and recycled glass bead bracelets,




 new Liberty fabrics and old fabric bundles,

 and one of Wendy's handmade dolls. the hair is pure Wensleydale sheep's wool - just gorgeous!
Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone!

The Sea Garden will be open daily 1-5pm
26th May - 5th June

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Modern Makers Fair

Just a few pictures of my stand at The Modern Makers Fair: I've got a lovely large space with a floor-to-ceiling picture window of the view overlooking the sea!



The Fair is arranged over 3 floors of the hotel, with dozens of exhibitors selling all sorts of beautiful handmade things. It's not too late if you're in Cornwall and fancy coming along; the Fair is on again tomorrow from 10am till 4pm. Tickets have not sold out so you can just turn up at the door; entry is free. The Bedruthan Steps Hotel is at Mawgan Porth on the north Coast about 15 minutes from Newquay.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

 Nice to be making cushions again! I love to match all the delicious colours of my old Sylko threads to the fabrics I'm using,
 including this beautiful length of French curtain that I recently bought from Sue Meager.
 I'm making for a fair that I'm doing for the first time, The 'Modern Makers Fair' at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel near Newquay this coming weekend, 23rd and 24th April (see side bar). There will be over 50 contemporary designer-makers from Cornwall and further afield selling their work. Tickets are free but must be downloaded in advance via the website, by clicking here.
As well as cushions I will also have a collection of my shell collages for sale, both large and small, and plenty of handmade cards. 
I am on a 'demonstration' stand, so I shall be attempting to recreate a little corner of my studio and doing a bit of stitching and arranging so that visitors can get an idea of my working methods and what inspires me. Hope some of you can make it along! x

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter everyone!
It's very hard in our modern world when daily news bulletins tell us of war and death and cruelty to remember that there is so much good in the world too; everywhere people are doing little random acts of kindness towards others. Even the smallest act of kindness can be enough to plant the seed of hope in someone in need.
xxx

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


EASTER OPENING times at THE SEA GARDEN

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday:
OPEN 10.30am - 5pm

Tuesday 29th March - Sunday 10th April: 
OPEN DAILY 1pm - 5pm